Cultural Audit Survey
Cultural Audit Survey Released
West Yorkshire Police today publishes in full, an independent cultural survey carried out in Force.
Although the survey is an internal document, having received a Freedom of Information request from the media we are legally obliged to release it and are happy to do so in the interests of transparency.
Chief Constable Dee Collins said:
“West Yorkshire Police is going through the most significant period of change in its history. The reality is that we must continue to serve our communities’ needs with less funding and fewer people. That means fundamentally changing the way we work.
“As in other organisations that are facing similar austerity measures, staff are doing their best in difficult circumstances and I understand why some of them feel the way they do. We are not unique in how our staff feel the same things have been widely reported nationally and internationally. It’s perhaps not surprising that morale has been affected.
“We are really keen to continue improving as an organisation and felt the only way we could do this was to take the bold step of seeking an independent assessment of just how our people felt, however painful the results, in order that we could do something about it. It may be a cliché, but it’s true that our people are the most important thing we have and we truly value them.
“So while some of this report makes difficult reading, I believe it was the right thing to do and I am pleased that West Yorkshire Police employees and staff have been confident enough to share their feelings frankly and openly because it is important to understand that this is how we feel about ourselves and our colleagues.
“There is clearly work to do, but I want to reassure the public that our commitment to the keep the communities we serve safe and feeling safer remains strong and unwavering. The professionalism displayed by our officers and staff every day is reflected in the recent excellent crime results, the very positive public confidence levels and the many positive messages we receive from people on a daily basis. So while we will be doing a lot within the organisation to address the problems highlighted, that won’t reduce our focus on supporting and serving the communities who need us and on bringing down crime even further.
“I and my senior colleagues have now begun a programme of work to look at how we can tackle the issues raised, to further improve West Yorkshire Police, make it a better place to work and in turn provide an even better service to the public.”